Dental Work for Sooty
He ended up at an overcrowded shelter and they called him "Sooty" because of his markings and the fact that some of his fur was singed during his ordeal. At the shelter his time was quickly running out after his stray hold expired, mainly due to his age.
A volunteer shared his plight on Facebook and my husband and I stepped in to foster him. I took him to the vet last weekend after we noticed that he was having difficulty eating and the vet agreed that he needed a comprehensive dental procedure to extract numerous abcessed teeth (probably most of them).
He's been doing very well otherwise and should have some healthy years ahead of him if we can get him through his dental problems. Unfortunately, dental work is very expensive, so we are reaching out to see if we can crowdfund his care. If we can find him a permanent home in the process, so much the better!
Sooty is the nicest, most mellow cat you could ask for and deserves the chance to live out his days safe, pain-free and loved. If you can, please help us make that happen.
Everyone at the vet's office was charmed by how sweet Sooty is. I'm hoping that's a sign that we can easily find him a great forever home. The vet referred to him as "very adoptable."
If you know of anyone who might like to give him a permanent home, please get in touch with me. Thank you all so much!
The vet who will be doing his dental looked at his mouth and she thinks the antibiotic shot from last time helped a great deal. She is revising the diagnosis down from stomatitis to "a bunch of bad teeth." He'll still need to have quite a few teeth extracted, but probably not all of them. You can see how swollen his upper lips looks in his original photo; a lot of that has subsided, although the two upper canines do need to be removed.
He has gained another half pound in the two weeks since his last visit, so he's actually within four ounces of weighing 8 pounds now. He was 6.5 when I first met him.
He got another antibiotic shot today and he's ready to be scheduled for his dental procedure at any time. I'll probably have it done in the next couple of weeks, regardless of whether I've reached the full fundraising goal.
Thank you again for all your support. The vet said he's "the luckiest cat in the world," and that's thanks to all of you.